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talk about during the show. the guy who is pushing that idea on us. also, we have the cnn election express is in the second biggest banking center in the united states. you know where it is? well, you can bet it's getting battered by foreclosure crisis. we're going to hit the streets to talk to those who live in that mysterious town we'll tell you about. also, you can sing to the bee gees, you can dance to the bee gees, now you can save someone's life to the bee gees. "stayin' alive" never sounded so good. if politics were a horse race, we are in the final stretch. 15 days until state and local elections that will rewrite the national landscape. the tea party express starting its road trip. we'll get to that in a minute. first, let me show you the stakes. in the senate, 37 out of 100 seats up for grabs. if republicans pick up ten of them, the democrats majority disappears and republicans take
control. in the house, 435 seats up for grabs. republicans need to flip 39 to their side, and polls suggest they might very well do that. now, i mentioned 15 days, but the truth is, several states have started early voting. and several more are the ones in blue start today. also starting today, the tea party express. for liberty at the ballot box. that's the name of a chris crossing zigzagy bus tour that kicks off this hour in reno, nevada. ends on election eve in concord, new hampshire. the route, of course, anything but random in nevada. the tea partiers hope to topple the senate majority leader himself, harry reid. he is in the fight of his political life, really, against sharron angle. in kentucky, the tea party is backing rand pahl against jack conway. and delaware home to tea party favorite christine o'donnell fighting democrat chris coons for joe biden's old seat. and we have the best political team on television on the job.
cnn's shannon travis is with the tea party bus tour in reno. mark preston in d.c., and with the cnn election express today in charlotte, north carolina, tj holmes. let's start with bus number one and shannon. you are with that tea party bus, and you've got a marquet name coming to the faithful there. who is it? >> reporter: well, it doesn't get much bigger. of course, that is sarah palin. she is the darling of this movement. she is the one that a lot of people want to see and hear from. a lot of people around the country want to hear from when it comes to spreading the tea party message. we have been out here the past few hours. the crowd is excited, the crowd is pumped. it's thick, very close to the stage. it starts to thin out a little bit more behind. i followed a lot of these rallies over the past few months. it's a little smaller than what i have seen before, but not smaller in terms of enthusiasm. sarah palin will go up on stage, and she will lay out likely, if history serves us, a scorching,
a scorching criticism of senator harry reid, the most powerful democrat in the senate. and a scorching and high praise for sharron angle for why she should replace harry reid in the senate. things are just getting under way. we're standing by for sarah palin to go up any moment now. >> shannon, this bus tour starts today in reno, nevada. it ends in concord, new hampshire. one of the first primary states in the presidential election. is sarah palin going to be on both ends of this tour? do you know? do we have that schedule yet? >> we don't have that confirmed, that sarah palin will be on the new hampshire end. anything is certainly possible. there's a critical senate race going on in new hampshire also. which is likely one of the reasons why the tea party express wants to go there, and play up that race, as well. but it would be interesting if she does show up in and a half new hampshire, because that would fuel that speculation running rampant about whether
she would mount the white house bid. we don't have that confirm aegs yet, but anything is possible. >> great. we'll get pictures of sarah palin when she gets there. thanks. let's bring in mark preston. mark watching all this from dc. what are democrats doing in this final stretch as we're calling it? >> reporter: well, they're trying to spend as much money as they can now, drew, to try to protect incumbents such as harry reid out in nevada. barbara boxer in california. what they're trying to do is shore up their defenses. as you said at the top, ten seats. if republicans are able to flip ten seats in the senate, they take the majority. if they're able to flip 39 seats in the house, they take the majority. i have to tell our viewers, it is more likely that republicans will be able to take back the house of representatives than they will be able to take back the senate. however, harry reid, the senate majority leader, is very much in danger of losing re-election, drew. >> how about some of the other tea party favorites, mark? i mean, pretty much, we seem to have written off any chance in delaware. but is that true?
and what about joe miller in alaska? he's got a tough race on his hands, particularly because the republican he beat won't go away. >> reporter: yeah, and their republican is lisa murkowski, the republican-backed candidate. you know, she was the incumbent senator. she is launching a write-in bid. what's unknown in alaska is if the republican party establishment, which is now by and large behind miller, can help fend off this challenge by lisa murkowski, and not siphon away votes that would allow the democrat to go in and capture that seat. but looking ahead, drew, to what's going to happen on november 3rd, you will see tea party candidates who will win on election day, and who will come here to govern. for instance, mike lee out in utah. he is all but assured re-election or election. he defeated upon bennett, who was the establishment candidate in the primary. we'll see him come here. rand pahl is in a tight race in kentucky. he could come here. we could see joe miller here.
we could see sharron angle here, even the likes of marco rubio, who is not necessarily considered a tea party candidate, but the tea party is what helps propel him in florida. so potentially on november 3rd, you could see a lot of tea party candidates in here, drew. >> and that will change the dynamic not only with republicans and democrats, but with republicans and republicans. because you know, let's face it. a lot of these tea party candidates, they don't really like the republicans either, especially those who have been as they say, running us into the ground and in dc for these last years. >> and that's absolutely correct. what they are united in, is defeating democrats on november 2nd. so you'll see the tea party and the republican establishment. we heard michael steele talk about it this weekend, there is no rift between the two. no, no rift oh november 2nd, but the 3rd there is going to be a rift because they think the gop
establishment sold out, and specifically on spending. and we haven't heard a lot about social issues, drew, in this campaign, because the economy has been so bad. but i predict this. should we get a handful of tea party candidates elected on election day, expect socialism to be put back on the table. >> all right, mark, i think i got so excited introing you i said your name backwards, i apologize for that, and your entire family. i know your name is mark. mark preston, with the best political team on television. hey, another bus to tell you about, right, touring the country? is ours. the cnn election express. and is today it's in charlotte, north carolina. tj holmes taking stock of a sour economy and an equally sour electorate there. when we come back. lly love our claimservice. gecko:speciallthe auto repair xpress. repairs are fast and they're guaranteed for as long as you is thisyyourcphone?ey, th! gecko: yeah, 'course. sswhere do you po you...carry... for as long as you is thisyyourcphone?ey, th! waitress: here you go. boss: thanks
two weeks and one day before elections. the cnn election express in charlotte, north carolina. that is a town that is home to a lot of your money. right, tj? >> yeah. you might not know it, folks, but here in this town, some of your money is tied up right behind me here in downtown. some 2-plus trillion dollars in assets tied up right here in this city. a lot of money and a lot of mortgages you need to know about. and so much about mortgages these days at home have to do with foreclosures.
record numbers of foreclosures across the country. and now a new mess with bank of america headquartered here, put a stop to foreclosures because of maybe some inconsistencies and how they have been processed. and we have been talking to folks on the front line, i've got another one i want to talk to, steve mechanicler, a business litigator and attorney who deals with some foreclosures. thank you for helping us out here. you're on the front lines of this. you have been in charlotte ten-plus years now. what have you seen the past few years when it comes to foreclosures in this town, in this state in particular? >> well, there's no doubt that charlotte has been hit like the rest of the country. we have seen a lot of foreclosures, but a lot of people who borrow more than they can afford to pay back. and the banks have been working hard to work with people, but you get to a point where there is no more work to be done. and a lot of these foreclosures are indicative of larger debt problems with the borrowers. >> something i asked you just a moment ago was, is this crisis now that we have seen, this latest incident in that foreclosures have been put on hold, these foreclosure sales,
is that now giving some people a false sense of hope? they think that maybe there's a way now, and maybe not the thinking that you had? >> you're absolutely right. the problem with the halt on foreclosure is it is only delaying the inevidentable. the reality is the banks are going to go back, they'll get the paperwork right, resubmit it, and at the end of the game, the homeowner is still going to lose the house, unless they can come up with a pay to pay for it. >> something else you said to me was that you might be better off throwing up your hands, putting out the white flag of surrender and might help yourself by going ahead and getting the process started versus what you say is delaying the inevidentable. >> absolutely. if you're going to lose your home, let the bank take it. it cuts down on the legal fees you probably are liable for under your note, and allows your credit to start being repaired. what you need to do is need to work with the bank and see if you can let the bank take the home without getting a deficiency judgment against you, which is the money which is the difference between what it sells for at auction.
>> how tough is that to get through to to someone? because some just heard that and said wait a minute, he wants me to give up my house? >> you've got to open your mind. i've had a few family members of my own get their home foreclosed on. and my advice to them was don't fight it. they don't intend to pay the loan back, can't pay the loan back, let the bank take the home back and try to repair your credit. try to work out a deal with the bank so you don't have a deficiency judgment, and get your life moving again. otherwise what you're doing is, you're delaying for a year or two years the process you're going to end up being at anyway. >> does it feel like charlotte has gotten a bit of a double whammy, dealing with what every other city is dealing with, but also this town depends so much on the financial industry, on mortgages. so people are getting hit like everybody else, and then on top of that, this town depends on financing so much. >> it does. we have been hit hard, no doubt about it. i'll tell you, the leadership in charlotte is smart. they have brought in some additional companies, husbandca var that, electro looks, but no
doubt when we lost to wachovia, and wells fargo, we lost a lot of high wage earners. wells fargo stuck with charlotte and has done a good job of retaining jobs. charlotte is a great place to be for business, no doubt about it. that's why we moved here ten years ago. >> tj, let me ask a question. >> go ahead, drew. >> i just came back from florida doing a story on these foreclosure issues, and i know your guest doesn't have the ability to hear me, so maybe you can pass this on. he mentioned something very interesting to me, which was basically to give up, don't pay, right? but you are -- but he also said get in touch with your bank and see about some kind of loan modification. i can't tell you how many people i've talked to who have called their banks and the bank says forget it, we're not dealing with you, there's no loan modification here. >> that's a great point. and you and i were talking about that. i was talking to drew griffin in atlanta right now, talking to folks dealing with foreclosure, as well. and he says people will tell you to call your bank and try to
work something out. for the most part, like you were telling me, banks want to work something out. >> absolutely. >> but once you get to a point, you run out of options, once the foreclosure proceeding starts and here in north carolina they have to give a certain notice. so drew is asking -- some people say call the bank and get help, and they think the bank just wants to wash their hands of them. >> if the bank can work out a deal and it's gay deal for the bank and homeowner, the banks will do it. in north carolina you've got to give a 45-day notice before you start the foreclosure proceeding. usually once you hit that point everybody has made the determination there is no deal to be had. the homeowner can't afford any repayments, reworking of the mortgage doesn't do it, so the bank is going to try to work out a deal. and at that point, the foreclosure process starts, the court system starts, and there's nothing you can do other than get an attorney. but if you owe the money and can't pay it barks what is the bank to do? they've got to take the home. >> they don't have any incentive sometimes to work anything out when they know they can get something. get something back, right?
>> right. >> all right. >> thank you. >> appreciate you taking the time out again, drew. this town is going through it like everybody else. but again, they're with that bag drop, and literally of the financial industry, looming over them large right here in downtown charlotte. >> electriciall right, tj, than. we're going to have tj next stop, columbia, south carolina tomorrow. and follow the election express every day right here in the cnn "newsroom." don't let those low inflation numbers fool you. prices on a lot of things you use every day are on the rise. we're going to check that list, next. powerful force. set it in motion... and it goes out into the world like fuel for the economy. one opportunity leading to another... and another. we all have a hand in it. because opportunity can start anywhere, and go everywhere. let's keep it moving. ♪
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you know inflation has barely budged over the past year with consumer prices up only about 1% since september of 2009. but that number doesn't tell the whole story, because the prices of some things you buy every week are definitely way up. that's especially bad news for people who depend on social security. christine romans has "your money." >> drew, seniors will not get a cost of living increase in their social security checks, because officially, at least, the cost of living is not rising. inflation is measured by the government is barely moving higher. so much so that fed chairman ben bernanke says it's uncomfortably low, and some analysts are starting worry about deflation. but that doesn't mean you won'ts in notice some sharply rising costs right. commodities are rising sharply, because the dollar is weak, and investors are piling into hard assets like gold and oil, and corn. corn prices are above $5.60 a bushel. grain crop failure in russia and
a smaller than expected u.s. crop means skyrocketing prices at the market. so anything that is a derivative of corn will likely cost you more. grain prices since this summer have surged at higher rates than at any other time in the past 40 years. and it takes grain to feed animals. that's why meat prices are at the highest level since the 1980s. coffee prices are going up. bagged coffee for dunkin' donuts, green market, maxwell house, they're rising. but if you get your cup of joe from a coffee shop or corner diner, those prices haven't gone up yet. and your energy bills, they're expected to rise by about $24 on average per family. that's according to the government. and airline tickets, we talked about this a lot lately. it's getting more expensive to travel. ticket prices increasing by 10 to 15%. according to fare compare.com, you can expect higher prices at least through the end of the year. drew? >> what a surprise, christine. you can catch more of christine along with our own ali velshi on "your money" saturdays at 1:00 eastern, sundays at 3:00. christine is also the author of
"smart is the new rich" her book is on book shelves right now. checking our top stories, citigroup beats wall street expectations with quarterly earnings of $2.2 billion. the banking giant's third straight quarterly profit. one struggling citigroup got a big chunk of bailout tax dollars. the profit might be a sign that it is finally stabilizing. you may want to think twice before downloading anymore apps from facebook. the "wall street journal" found that many popular apps have been transferring information about you to advertising and internet companies. the "journal" says millions of facebook app users may be affected, even if they set their profiles to the strictest privacy settings. facebook says it's taking steps to fix the problem. the wife of an american reportedly shot dead on a lake along the texas-mexico border says she gave an eight hour interview in mexico. tiffany hartley says she will
continue talking to police today. she says she and her husband david were riding jet skis on falcon lake when her husband was killed by gunmen possibly linked to a mexican drug gang. david hartley's body has not been found, despite ex extensive searches. all right. remember this? ♪ ha, ha, ha, ha ♪ staying alive >> it may keep you alive. we asked people all over america where the best potatoes come from. the best potatoes? idaho.
with jauve cranston who will demonstrate. >> that's right, he's going to demonstrate, because this is a new cpr. when i was a little girl they taught you thrust, thrust, thrust on the chest and then turn and do some breaths. there was some ratio. and the fact that neither of us remembers is significant, because what they were finding was that one, people weren't remembering, and that two, it was just easier for people to remember to do the chest compressions. so officer cranston is going to show us how to do what is called hands-only cpr. and the trick is, you have to do it really hard, don't worry about breaking a rib, just really hard and at a certain beat. and we're going to hear some music right now that's going to give him the right beat. so officer cranston, go ahead. ♪ ah, ahah staying alive ♪ ♪ staying alive >> whew! >> there you go. >> really? that's it, and you just keep doing that? >> you just keep doing that.
and the reason they're trying to get further away from this, doing these breaths, is because you're trying to keep the blood circulating, and if you're not trained taking the time to stop and doing the breths, you're not keeping it circulating. and you were told to keep the song in your head, right? >> that's one of the ways to keep your timing down is with that song. >> everybody knows that song and the beat. it's like you don't sing that slow or fast, right in that groove. >> and you were telling me, you've got to go down two inches keep. >> yes, one-and-a-half to two inches. >> and you said you bruise people sometimes. >> that's a normal part of the process, really, so you're more concerned with saving that person's life. >> right. so if you break a rib, you break a rib. >> rather have them be bruised than -- >> than dead, right. >> is it also a fact that people get wigd out by the mouth to mouth? >> i think so. some people are thinking do i want to do this, don't i want to do this, what diseases might this person have, when in fact they're finding these compressions just work so well on their own. and they said that if more
people did this, if more bystanders actually did this kind of cpr, you would save 20,000 lives a year. >> wow. also kids. now we had special rules for kids when i was doing the whole lama lamaze thing and everything, and fingers, i don't remember any of that. is there anything different about kids? >> well, it's a little bit -- some of this gets confusing, but basically what they say with kids is you should also do the chest compressions alone. when you're dealing with really little tiny babies, you do need to be more concerned about the airway. if you've got a kid choking on something, obviously you need to think about that airway. a kid who is drowning, you need to think about the airway. but sort of rule of thumb, everyone except little tiny babies, do those chest compressions. >> yeah, and so when you are called on in an emergency, what's the first thing you do, just call 911, and is then start this, or get somebody to start this right away? >> well, you want to have 911 on the way to basically back you up for anything further. but once 911 is called then you continue with your care. >> wow, and you do it for the
whole song? >> do you it until -- the long version or the -- >> just a verse. >> ha, ha, ha, ha staying alive staying alive ♪ anything else, you're off beat. >> and you want to do it until help arrives. you don't want to say well, i finished the chorus, i'm done. no, you keep doing that, keep the song in your mind, keep going and when help arrives, they take over. i tell you what, that is easy to remember. appreciate it, officer. >> no problem. >> thanks, elisabeth. this guy is the fbi's most wanted terrorist. but after hunting for osama bin laden for 12 years, about all we know is, he may not be hiding in a cave? the latest from one intelligence source is next. [ female announcer ] in the coming weeks and months,
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the hunt for america's most wanted terrorist has been going on for more than a decade now. as far as anyone knows or is willing to say, osama bin laden remains in hiding. but now a senior nato source tells cnn that bin laden and is his deputy, amman al zawahiri, seen in this video, are believed to be hiding in northwestern pakistan, not in caves, but in separate houses. the pakistani government has long denied the two men are in pakistan. ever since bin laden was blamed for the bombings of the u.s. embassies in kenya and tanzania
in 1998, american and western intelligence agencies have periodically reported that bin laden was or may have been or could be in a number of places. in the vast rugged territory that makes up afghanistan and pakistan. this map shows where the nato source says bin laden may have been at different times over the years. the sites include the far northwestern part of pakistan border near china. and tora bora on the afghan side where bin laden is believed to have escaped troops in 2001. also the valley on the pakistani side of the border. bin laden has also been reported at various times to be in pakistani cities of karachi. when you consider that the combined square mileage are about the size of california and texas combined, you get an idea why the best intelligence agencies of the western alliance have failed so far to capture him. well, on top of this, u.s. officials have long said there have been no confirmed sightings of bin laden for zawahiri for
several years. another major player is omar, the leader of the taliban in afghanistan, seen in these pictures. like bin laden, omar has had close calls, but apparently has always managed to escape u.s. forces as they were closing in on him. this map shows major areas of the heavy taliban action, and the two cities of karachi and quetta. they have been moving between them over the last several months. the source also says despite u.s. ground and air attacks, the taliban and otherin surgent groups are able to generate more and more man power every year. he says the three major taliban groups still have the potential to put a force of 30,000 fighters in the field. he says onin insurgent leader, zadeer commands some level of control which you see on our map.
this video shows fighting somewhere in afghanistan. the nato source says there are 500,000 to 1 million so-called disaffected men along the afghan-pakistani border who joined the taliban to fight in afghanistan to earn money, not for any specific ideology. the course says it's vital for the afghan government to reach out to this group and address their needs. the source is also warning that time is running out. well, chile's president speaks out about the extraordinary rescue of those 33 miners trapped deep underground for more than two months. in his words, it was an explosion of joy. you'll hear him in detail. we're globe trekking, next. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement insurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65, but it doesn't cover everything. in fact, it only pays up to 80% of your part b expenses. if you're already on or eligible for medicare,
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time for globe trekking. our destination, chile, a nation basking in the glow of the remarkable rescue of 33 miners, trapped a half mile under ground for more than two months. chile's president, who was at the mine as each of those miner was pulled to safety is now visiting britain and sat down with cnn's becky anderson to talk about the rescue. becky, this is like a joyous tour for the president, i would imagine. >> reporter: it is. and as you say, somewhat basking in the glory of the miners' rescue, here in britain on the first leg of what has been a long planned trip. he's going to be here in london and then paris and then to berlin. he's here to drum up business and build political ties with the countries he'll visit. and to that end, he today meets the queen. and the british prime minister. i got a chance to sit down for a time and talk to him.
and i started by asking him, to take us back to august, and to explain just how he felt after he knew that the miners were alive. listen to what he said. >> we arrived to that magnificent sunday, august the 22nd, which for me was a very special day. because that day, my father-in-law passed away. and i was with my wife, we spent the whole night with him. and his last words were, "don't give up. keep searching. it's your responsibilities, your duty." so i decided to go to the mine immediately after. my wife said go there, because something will happen today. and i arrived to the mine and we received this message. we are well in the shelter, the 33. it was an explosion of joy, happiness. >> and i'm sure you remember that day. the miners held up what was this message. the chilean president gave me this today when i met him in
london. we are well in the mine, the 33. that on the 22nd. and that is what the president was referring to, as he spoke just then. a day full of jubilation, he said. drew? >> becomy, at any time did he condition filed in you that, you know what -- because he had invested so much time and energy into this project, getting these miners out alive. and at any moment, it could have really gone bad. at any time, did he give you the sense, that whew, things aren't going well, or there was tension or they didn't think they were coming out? >> drew, i asked him that. and he said, absolutely not. he was absolutely determined. he said he threw absolutely everything at it. all government resources that he had at his disposal and international resources. he threw at it. this is a story that has gavel economized the population. let's not forget, a much polarized population since the dog days past. and i want you to know what he
would do now to convince the people that the country really had learned a lesson and that the have-nots would be cared for as much as the haves in this society post this mine rescue. this is what he said. >> the lessons that we can take from this accident is when the country is united and committed with faith, with hope, using the best possible technologies, and the best possible human teams, we are able to achieve goals that for some people could seem as impossible. and now we have another challenge. because -- we are always facing new challenges. our new challenge is to defeat poverty before the end of the decade. >> let's hope that he can stick to that promise. a remarkable man. drew? >> becky, if he can turn his country around with the catalyst being this miners thing, it would be terrific.
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you know, ben franklin had a lot of great ideas in his life and maybe just one ben franklin is an idea we'll tell but next, could be the answer to global poverty. $100. there's a new campaign that says if every child born in the world is given an initial deposit of $100, in an online banking account, that would guarantee everyone in the world would have
access to financial services in just a few decades. well, this is the brain child of bogjuan choudry, at ucla anderson school of management. joins us now live from los angeles. professor, thank you so much for joining us. and i've got to -- you're talking to a very skeptical guy now. is this just a theory of a professor sitting in his office who thought this would be a great idea, or has this been tried anywhere? >> well, this is not just a theory, because there are many people behind it. if you go to our website, you will see that professors, social entrepreneurs, simple people, many people have, in fact, joined the campaign. so that is my test that there is something more to the theory. and you will see that the various parts of this idea, in fact, have been tried at other places.
we are hoping to integrate it in one place. >> and how -- what is the idea behind it? we have had stimulus. it's not just giving somebody $100, right? because if you give somebody $100, they'll blow it, and that will be the end of it. what is the idea here? >> so $100 is just the incentive. we know incentives work. half the world population has no access to financial services, simple things that you and i take for granted. like ability to save small amounts of money in an effective way. so what we are saying is that let's start at birth, and integrate $100 deposit with the birth certification. on top of that, we are going to make it an electronic bank account, so that other services can be delivered inexpensively. so this is just a catalyst that will make a lot of things possible. >> 134 million babies born in the world.
every year. of those, so many millions born into poverty. if you just went to their family and said okay, now you have a bank account for this child, they're going to look at you like they don't know what you're talking about. there would have to be so much education included in this program. i'm just wondering if you've thought through how to get over that hurdle. >> yes, indeed. i think the banking that you and i think about is not going to be the type of banking we have to provide. we will have to provide them banking in a place that they feel comfortable, in grocery stores, in local pharmacy stores, where people go to buy food and their medicine in any case. i think that's where we have to deliver these services, not in bank branches that you and i are used to. >> and when can the child or the child's protector or overseer have access to the money, and what should it be for? >> the initial $100 will be accessible when the child turns
16. the idea is that we don't want to give incentives for people to take money out immediately. but that's just priming the pump. once the account is set up, additional things become possible. so i described it as an acronym called "you save." for every account that is set up, we are forced, giving them a unique identification. on top of it, savings become possible, and matched savings become possible. third, delivery of aid can be much more effective. the usual way we deliver aid is, we send supplies to an area that is hit by some kind of an emergency, and half the time, it doesn't really reach there, because we send supplies, and local relief agencies are not as effective at delivering this aid. what we are suggesting is that if we had electronic bank accounts, we can zip the money
in, and send the services, sell the service to local merchants who we know are in need very effective in providing. everywhere in the world you go, you cannot find simple services, but you can always find a can of coke and pepsi. melinda gates gave a talk recently, talking about precisely that point. so we are suggesting in time of emergency, like an of emergency like an earthquake or a flood, we zip in the money, send the local supplies and sell it to local merchants and the people can use the money to go and buy those services. i think there is a much more effectiveness in guaranteeing service like that. >> listen, professor, 134 million babies born a year, 134 million bank accounts. that is a big eye dee and it could be a great idea. we're going to follow this as this program hopefully starts to affect poverty here in this world. thank you for joining us.
15 days until the midterms. we want to get you updated on the latest developments in the campaign trail. deputy political director paul steinhauser part of the best political team on television. what's crossing right now? >> 15 days, just over two weeks, a crucial time and the get out the vote efforts are so important. the democratic national committee announcing they are
transferring about $5.5 million to house and senate committees and some of the state party committees to use that money the last two weeks to beef up the get out the vote efforts. the dnc says they've transferred about $20 million this election cycle over there. republicans doing similar things. it is crunch time. also happening right now and this is important. west virginia. if the republicans win back the senate and need ten seats to do it one of the states they may do it in is west virginia. this is the seat the late robert byrd held since 1968. first and maybe only debate in west virginia between the democrat joe manchin, the popular government and john raese. there will be two others and that could change the complexion of the debate. finally, with 15 days left as we say it is so important to get the top-named surrogates out there. crisscrossing the country will be barack obama.
he's heading west as is joe biden to washington state, california and nevada where three democratic senators face a little bit of trouble in re-election bids. michelle obama out there helping democratic candidates as is the former president bill clinton but also on the republican side the tea party express. we saw that earlier this hour as well. that big rally out there. they're going all weekend next week. also michael steele, the republican national committee chairman continue his "fire nanny pelosi" bus tour and the top republican in the house john boner and mitch mcconnell out there as well. that's what's happening right now on the ticker. back to you. >> so many of the election busses bopping around. they better be careful or they'll bump into each other. i want to ask you about the democrats dumping money into the local elections. routine or a last-minute gasp or do they think, hey, a little more money we might pull this out and stop the bleeding? >> it's a little bit of both. they do this and so does the republican national committee.
they raise a lot of money -- the democratic national committee raised $16 million last month. they're sending it to the states where they think it can help the most and the senate and house races where they think it will help the most. democrat committee outraising the republican committee but a lot of the independent groups raising and spending more on the republican side than the democratic side. >> get the ticker 24/7 on the website. our next cnn political update an hour away. his day starts with his arthritis pain. that's breakfast with two pills. the morning is over, it's time for two more pills. the day marches on, back to more pills. and when he's finally home... but hang on; just two aleve can keep arthritis pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is steven, who chose aleve and 2 pills for a day free of pain. and get the all day pain relief of aleve in liquid gels.
his words from last year if you remember if you win the ncaa championship you come to white house. if you're a young person and produce the best experiment or design the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement too. he's recognizing kids from s.t.e.m. areas as it's called, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. but the hard truth is american students just aren't making the grade in s.t.e.m. in a recent survey of 15-year-olds from 30 developed countries, american kids played 30th. and not much better in science either. only 17% of the u.s. college degrees awarded go to any of the s.t.e.m. subjects. that number has remained stagnant in the use for years while other countries have seem rapid growth in those degrees. here's what the pred had to say today. >> we don't give these victories the attention that they deserve. when you win first place at a science fair, nobody's rushing
the field or dumping gatorade over your head. but in many ways, our future depends on what happens in those contests. >> and the winners are remarkable. one girl taught herself chemistry and is working on a new drug that fights cancer. others created water purifying systems and robotic wheelchairs. kids. it's a new hour and we have a new rundown for you. imagine this. osama bin laden living in a house in relative comfort with another big-time terrorist as his neighbor. that might be true. plus, if your home is foreclosed you might turn to prayer. but what if your church is getting foreclosed on too? it's happening more and more. we'll show you how churches are trying to overcome a true test of faith. and speaking of foreclosure the cnn election express is in a community that's been especially hard hit by it. it happens to be the nation's second biggest banking center. we're going to hit the streets there. if politics were a horse race, we'd right now be in the
final stretch. 15 days to go until the state/local elections that are going to rewrite the national landscape. the tea party express is starting its fourth national road trip as we speak. we are going to get to that in mant but first let me show you how it breaks down. in the senate 37 p of 100 seats up for grabs. if republicans pick up ten they get the majority in the senate. in the house all 435 seats are up for grab and republicans need to flip just 39 to gain control. polls suggest they'll probably do that. several states have started early voting already and several more of the ones in blue start today. also starting today the tea party express four called liberty at the ballot box tour. that's the name of the cross country zigzagging bus tour that kicks off this hour in reno, nevada and ends on election eve in concord, new hampshire.
the tea partiers hope to topple the senate majority leader harry reid in the fight of his life with sharron angle. in kentucky the tea party is backing rand paul against the democrat jack conway. delaware is home to tea party favorite christine o'donnell who is fighting democrat chris co-yoncoons old senate seat. our senior political analyst glo glorga borger is in d.c. and the election express with t.j. holmes in charlotte, north carolina, one of the banking capitals of this country. we're going to start with shannon, who is at the big event today. you're on the phone with us, shannon, from reno, nevada where any second or maybe right now we're expecting sarah palin to kick off this tour. >> reporter: yeah, you've got that right. any second now we're expecting sarah palin to take the stage
and essentially whip up this crowd. we're standing in the back of the bus right now. she just got ushered in on to the bus. organizers say we're moments away from her actually speaking. tight security around her but definitely lots of supporters, lots of fans outside, a lot of people saying her name. a few people we observed, people in wheelchairs clamored around the bus trying to get a word in. it's unclear if she'll stop and take some questions. we certainly have some questions for the former alaska governor. moments away from taking to the stage. this the person that a lot of people here at this rally came to see. she arguably like no other republican politician can fire up the crowd and spread the tea party message. one of them essentially in nevada as you mentioned is "fire harry reid." they want to get the most powerful democrat in the senate out of the senate and put in sharron angle. that's what sarah palin is here for and lends her name.
she lends considerable political star power to the movement. that's why she's here and lot of her supporters as well. >> kelley stand by and maybe get a picture of her as she comes up. we want to move on to gloria borger in d.c. i want to czech on this final stretch. the democrats seem like they're just doing about anything to try to drum up their base. but am i just making that up? doesn't this happen every election in the final stretch? no. >> reporter: yeah, it does. particularly in midterm elections that -- where you don't have a presidential candidate on the ballot, it's all about turnout. we've seen that in the primaries. and now you're going to see it in this election because in general elections you may get 55%, 60% turn out like when barack obama was running. in midterms turnout is lower and you have to energize the base. republican voters, the tea
partiers we just sauf even independent voters who are angry at the administration, they're dying to get to the polls. democrats not so much. and what barack obama and michelle obama has been with him, they're now trying to tell voters there's a lot at stake in this election. barack obama may not be on the ballot but this is really important to barack obama and they're trying to get their voters out there by telling them that message. whether it sticks or not we'll just have to wait and see. >> gloria, if the republicans do what they say they're going to do and probably take control of the house, potentially take control of the senate, do the democrats who support barack obama then say, hey, wait a minute, mr. president, we got a different mandate from the voters here. we may need to slow down on some of your agenda. in other words, do the democrats come over to the republican table and start negotiating more? >> well, it's going to be interesting because it depends on what the republican table
looks like. because if the democrats do lose the house, for example, you're going to have a lot of tea party candidates, anti-big government candidates in there and they're not going to want to vote for any spending bill. some may oppose spending for the war in afghanistan. so the republicans have to figure out what they can agree on on their side of the aisle. for example, on the deficit, are they willing to raise taxes to take care of the deficit? probably not. and then the administration is going to have to figure that out and the democrats have going to have to figure that out. i think, unfortunately, it's a prescription for gridlock more than anything else. >> and programs that's what some people want. i'm being totally honest wu. >> reporter: exactly. no, i totally agree. some people say the less they do, the better. we have to fix what they do. some want to say let's repeal health care reform. if we can't do that because the
president will veto that, maybe they'll chip away at it piece by piece by refusing to fund it. so i think you'll see under any circumstances no matter who wins a bit of a retrenchment by the obama administration and certainly trying to figure out where republicans are so they can agree on something because after all, drew, if they win control of the house, they actually have to prove that they can govern, which is a burden they've not had the last couple of years. >> yeah. gloria, real quick and why i got you, because these are rare moments i get to talk to you. >> reporter: it's fun. >> but republicans take control, is it a slam-dunk that john boehner is going to be speaker or any back channels going on or internal fight we might see? >> reporter: well, i'll tell you what. i think right now it looks like boehner will be speaker. but he's going to be on a really short leash. and there's lots of young turks who would like his job. some new members are going to be watching him really closely because after all he's been a
pretty establishment republican and this is a real anti-establishment election. he's going to have to be responsive shall we say. another political bus touring the country our bus, the cnn election express. today it's in charlotte, north carolina. hey, you think they have a headliner in reno. we have t.j. holmes taking stock of a sour economy there and equally shower electorate. he'll explain when we come back. . i said "sure." "well, let's grow some algae." and that's what started it. exxonmobil and synthetic genomics have built a new facility to identify the most productive strains of algae. algae are amazing little critters. they secrete oil, which we could turn into biofuels. they also absorb co2. we're hoping to supplement the fuels that we use in our vehicles, and to do this at a large enough scale to someday help meet the world's energy demands.
it's two weeks and one day before americans elect a new congress. the candidates are on the move. so are we. the cnn election express, t.j. holmes, is in charlotte, north carolina. the second biggest banking center in the u.s., which you could brag about just a few years ago. but today that means bad times, i guess. >> reporter: yeah. when people hear that -- and sometimes during election season people want to direct some of the venom to the banking system and wall street. oftentimes they don't think to direct it toward downtown charlotte, necessarily. i don't the mayor of charlotte would like that. mayor fox here with me. has it been in this economic downturn and certainly during the campaign season now being known as the bank town, can that be a gift and a curse? >> i tell people that wall street and main street are tied
together here in charlotte. we definitely have a big footprint in that industry but it's not been a burden on us. we've had hits and unemployment in that sector but we're seeing small companies come in and take up some of the talent and new companies starting in the area of financial services. >> sometimes is it just not the numbers but sometimes the relationship? because people direct some of their venom quite frankly toward banks. you are a bank town. you are closely tied to banks. can sometimes feel like we know those guys. we don't know them that well? >> well, charlotte has grown up around the financial services sector but it's very different here than it is on wall street in the sense that the banks have been partners in our community. you look at how this community has grown up. it's been a very strong partnership between not only banks but energy company duke energy and health care systems and many of the sectors coming along. we feel good about our economy. >> how can you move past being known as a benninging town? >> we're doing it and
strengthening and diversifying our economy and becoming an energy cluster for the company. duke energy is trying to change the way energy is delivered across the country. we announced we're going to reduce the carbon footprint of all our of our downtown building by 2016. but we're going to keep working. >> where are those jobs coming back? you said some of banking jobs lost have come back here but where else? i know you're trying to diversify and takes time but right now you have a quarter some estimates i saw of the metropolitan area, a quarter depending on the finance industry. >> we're seeing some job creation in areas like i said duke energy has brought a whole supply chain of its companies with it. seemons has expanded a facility bringing 800 jobs. 4,000 announced the several years and smaller companies that provide back office systems for service industry companies bringing back jobs to create some catalyst for the jobs that have been lost. >> you finding your electorate
directing some of their anger towards washington, d.c. as well during this midterm season. i found yesterday at least a lot of people seem to say we're going to vote. we're paying attention but we're going to take care of ourselves at the same time. >> i think around here what people are interested in is how are we going to get out of ditch as a country. how are we going to get ourselves out of this. it's not just about the financial services sector but how to reduce dependence on foreign oil and build infrastructure for the 21st century, how do we treat people well when they're sick and other things like this. we feel like this community will be very balanced in the way we take a look at things. this state carried obama in 2008 and we have some elections in 2010 that are going to matter. >> you are the youngest mayor ever of charlotte, north carolina. yesterday goit into the hotel. i literally had the tv on for 60 seconds and saw a campaign ad on linking some democrat here -- i can't even remember his name. but i heard obama and pelosi plenty of times during that particular commercial. can younger folks like yourself
stay in this game? sox people have been turned off by politics and see what happens. i don't know what your political aspirations are down the road. but a young person like yourself, can it be a turnoff to see what's happening? we might lose a lot of good people because they don't want to be dragged through the mud. >> politics is tough, no question about it. but our country is tougher and democracy is tougher than that. i think you'll see out of this period of time -- we are in a period of time not in the end of our democracy. we're going to see people stepping up and playing vital roles who are young people and have energy and believe that the best days of the country are ahead of us. i have two young children so i care very much what has to the future of this country. >> is your workforce here, there are some reports aren't as young as they could be, don't have as many entrepreneurs. how do you improve that to get a workforce and those who won't work for a financial sector or
energy sector? >> we're working very hard. one of the things i'm doing as mayor is work to build a better environment for small business owners and present prenures. that includes trying to have bring venture capital in the area and make it easier for people to start businesses and figure out where the resources are. we want to lead the country in being a small business friendly city. >> all of those sound great but i guarantee you'll be reelected if you can play quarterback for the carolina panthers next sunday. 0-5. not the fault of the mayor. drew? >> what's the button real quick? we couldn't read the button. >> charlotte in 2012. trying to be the spot they want for the democratic convention coming up. >> yes, sir. we are one of four finalist cities and we feel like we've got a great case. we've got a city and a state that carried barack obama back in 2008. we believe we are a study of
resilience. we've got high speed rail infrastructure coming into the area and so many great stories to tell about how this community has taken a punch just like the country but we're getting up and making things better. >> so there you go, drew. 2012, trying to get some more industry and business in here. one of their competitors they're competing against is cleveland but since lebron left they say they're not competing against them anymore. he didn't say that. i'm giving him a hard time. >> with the election express roll on, they're next stop columbia, south carolina tomorrow. you can follow the election express every day here in the "cnn newsroom." well, for now, big business headline of the day, citigroup has posted a huge profit from july through september. show you the numbers right here of 59.76 the uptick on the dow as we move in and tell you one of those has got to be citi. i don't know -- it's going up more.
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knows a thing or two about going through the storm. >> how many came in expecting something great to happen today? >> reporter: a freak tornado devastated the atlanta church in 2008. >> when the storm came, it toppled that steeple over. >> reporter: after moving around for 18 months, the church finally reopened as the higher ground empowerment center. >> it was just horrible. boy, thank god we done came through that. >> i knew once we got back in the sanctuary people would come. >> reporter: but the church did lose members. burdened with more debt, it faced another upheaval, possible foreclosure. have you heard of a church heading into foreclosure before? >> no. this year has been very shocking to me. i believe that the banks are in business to make money. and understandable so. but when it comes down to a church they need to look at it and work with them to ensure that that church stays in that
community. >> reporter: hundreds of churches have faced foreclosure in the last two years, something that was once unheard of. >> i know many of you have been stretching yourself right through here because you know what we're up against. >> with their members facing higher unemployment and home foreclosure rates than white counterparts, black churches are hit especially hard in the tithing baskets. >> i will not withhold the tithe. >> reporter: so after 107 years, this church is finding it harder and harder to serve the community. the pastor has even taken a pay cut. >> the tithe s. and offerings, that's how we're able to do the ministry that we do. and when the people don't have, they can't give like they normally give or want to give. >> for congregations then to have to come to grips with the fact that their sincere investments in the faith and in god are now being seized by banks, that can become a point of spiritual crisis for many. >> reporter: banks that are
surviving downturn say there's enough blame to go around. >> there was a build it and they will come mentality that kind of set in in the industry. and the reality is that a lot of these churches perhaps in part due to the economic downturn did not grow into their debt as they anticipated they would. >> reporter: the bank that holds higher empowerments property said in a statement we have worked closely with the church for more than 2 1/2 years to reach a resolution that would allow the church to continue to occupy the property, end quote. pastor johnson believes his church will remain a rock for his congregation. >> i came in here to say, lord, i need you and i need you right now. >> there for people to lean on when any storm comes their way. stephanie elam, cnn, atlanta. there's a bigger picture here. the black church is waging a war on debt. check it out. "almighty debt: a black in american special" is coming this
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we're going off twall, off the radar -- >> it's not off the wall about. >> what is it? >> "off the radar." >> the president is going on the show "mythbusters." it's a cool show. they have these myths and they go see if it's real or not. this particular segment involves something that happened in the second century. >> a long time ago. >> if i get this right the r romans are going to increase grooesz greece. this smart greek guy comes up with a great idea. we'll burn the ships by holding up mirrors and they'll light on fire. some guy wrote about it after it happened and people have tried to prove whether it's true or not ever since. >> they tried at m.i.t. and they succeeded. and the "mythbusters" have tried two times and they've both failed. now the "mythbusters" with the help of the president on december 8 will be on "mythbusters."
this is the vedera hotel, by the way in las vegas. >> is that what they use. >> no but there is this death ray. you can focus the sun by using bent mirrors or what we used. this is really simple. so we're going back to the second century b.c. we're getting shields. i've pounded an aluminum pan to be slightly parabolic. turn on this light. i have a boat right here. now, it's not going to catch on fire because i don't have the sun but i do have a light. i want you to focus on this sail. i know they tried to burn the hull. let's just burn the sail down. if i focus this thing back and forth i can get a pretty small spot. if you take the sun and another 500 people or sailors on the shore focusing that sunlight on one spot you might be able to burn the boat down. they're going to try this on "mythbusters."
>> is the president going to do what you just did? >> students are going to do that part. this is all we could do. we have a 600-watt light here and a hammered -- i took this pan and i hit it with a mallet just to get it concave to get focused light. you take it and put that light on there. i can take an entire 650k light bulb and it into just one spot. you take that sun and get all these guys on the shore angling it at one boat, you might be able to get it burned down? >> you think it happened? >> there are lots of things that happened way long ago i'm not sure. >> just seems we would burn boats in world war ii if it worked. >> we had much bigger things. >> but cheaper to go out with pizza pans. >> they had to be very close. you couldn't sink a german u-boat with a pizza pan. >> this is about science. we've done another story. he's honoring kids into science and math at the white house. "mythbusters" is a pretty good
show because it gets the mind thinking, experimenting and going off the -- >> off the wall. radar. >> the president said, i'm going to get kids excited in science and everybody went, good luck with that. he's getting there. >> hey. i don't know about the girls but boys burning boat on water that's exciting. >> how old were you when you had your first magnifying glass and trying to light a piece of paper on fire -- >> is that what you did? you didn't do the ants? >> i wasn't going with animals. >> appreciate it. that's "off the radar" for today. do al qaeda terrorists have their eyes on france? that's an interesting story we're going to talk about next. intelligence officials say they do. the details on the latest terror threat targeting europe and go "globetrekking" to do it.
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or have ridden out the homes in school buildings and churches. heading too china and vietnam. chile's president tells cnn that the rescue of those 33 trapped miner was an explosion of joy. the entire country celebrates their rescue last week when one by one they were pulled up from a half mile underground to the surface of that mine shaft. the miners' generally good condition was just one of the numerous remarkable aspects of an ordeal that lasted more than two months. straight ahead, a catholic priest who also happens to be a doctor brings hope and help to haiti's kids. it's our "mission possible."
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? in today's "mission possible." giving poor access free of charge. kids in haiti have to pay to get an education past the six kt grade. today haiti's first secondary school which starts at the seventh grade level is opening its doors. the group artists and peace for justice founded by paul haggis is getting the school off the ground. joining them an american doctor and priest who has been working with the poor in haiti more than 20 years joining us live today from port-au-prince via skype. when i read this this morning, i was just stunned to learn that if you're in the sixth great, next year you're going to have to pay for your education. i would assume most kids in haiti aren't going to seventh grade school. >> yes, that's the tragedy in a
country where people earn $400 a year. people just don't have the money that it takes to continue education even though that money is rather small. >> so it's a no-brainer why haiti's people are in such poor economic condition. today this school is opening up. how many of these hundreds of thousands of kids in need of education are you going to be able to help? >> in our primary schools, of which we have 24, we have 8,000 children in our own system. but this is a great day for us because it's the first day that we have a high school. actually, we started building it, i think, the 31st of august so it was really something. in six weeks' time we made a ten-classroom secondary school and we opened with 60 today but we have almost 400 that are waiting to come in. >> father, you've been there for 20 years working with the poor. we were laser-focused on haiti
for the span of about a month and a half following the earthquake. has the attention waned? and has that taken away some of your efforts to help people in haiti? or is there a stimulus boost that came from that earthquake? >> it's waned understandably, you know. i mean, news changes and people follow it. and i think that one bad impact is there has been a lot of publicity about funds not being used the right way. but it's really important to say that there are a lot of organizations using funds directly and the right way and 100% through and it's really important that even though attention has gone away from haiti to still believe in people who are committed here and that what can be done here with relatively little money. >> father, it's still true, though, that most of the help that gets to haiti's poor people are coming from outside agencies such as yourself. has there been any kind of progress made in trying to get
the haitian government to move forward in providing education for all of its kids? >> i think it's really a lame duck government. i think it's really very unfortunate that the -- if there was to be such a tragedy that would happen -- it would happen when a government was about to end. because what happens next is anybody's guess. and my understanding is that most of the pledges to help the government are not going to be fulfilled until there's a new government with a five-year plan. so that's really been a big part of the obstacle for the government being able to improve the situation for the people. >> we thank you for joining us and wish you luck. most importantly, those lucky kids in your schools, we wish god speed and good luck to them getting their education and at least getting themselves out of the condition of poverty that they must be living in in haiti. thank you so much. >> thanks for giving us this
moment to put the attention on them. they'll go far thanks to you. >> thank you so much, sir. for more information on the new free school in haiti and how you can help, go to ali's blog cnn.com/ali. the obama administration obama administrati -- the obamas won't have many quiet evenings at home this week because they're not at home.
once. >> you're a very intense guy. hey, the president -- you were with him last night somewhere in ohio, right? and he was with michelle obama out on the trail together. i didn't relatize this. the first time in a couple of years. is that right? >> reporter: that's right, first time since the 2008 campaign. it wasn't just anywhere. it was columbus. ohio state university. 35,000 people. a lot of people, maybe a little upset about what happened saturday night when their football team got knocked out of the top spot in wisconsin. but the president maybe trying to cheer them up. at one point said i'm sorry about what happened in the football game but the thing about people at ohio state you guys come back and keep fighting. sort of a softball for the president to try to turn the football game into a metaphor for what he hopes to do in the final two weeks. basically michelle obama has got approval ratings 20 points higher than his. obviously very popular in part because she doesn't have the
same responsibilities he has as president. she has tackled a couple of initiatives like promoting healthy eating and standing up for military families. they're putting her out there in the final days. state like ohio, up a big governor's race and senate rate and serve house races up for grabs to help settle control of congress. they're trying to make sure they get all their people to the polls. >> it amazes me when the first ladies go out on the stump because i always ask myself do they like to do that? i hate to travel away from home. you've got the home behind you where they're raising their daughters. is this hard for her to get out there? does she like it? >> reporter: you raise a good point. it is. i interviewed a lot of people close to her over the last few days for a piece they did on cnn.com that was sort of titled reluctant warrior. she was somebody who in 2007, early 2008 was not really into campaigning in large part because she wanted to stay home with their daughters in chicago. obviously then senator obama was out on the trail practically
full-time. this was a two-year campaign. so she's also done very little sort of campaigning politics of any kind over the last two years because as she herself says on the trail she's mom in chief and wanted to make sure -- we have to remember these are two young daughters now in a much different atmosphere here at the white house who care very little obviously about the midterm elections, what not. i think now that they feel they have the family in the right place she's going out there in the final couple of weeks and doing a lot of what the president is doing. for example next week she'll go out west, some of the big senate races -- washington state, california. today she's in connecticut where there's a big senate race as well. they're going to use every ounce of her that they can. i've been told about by some of her advisers that the calendar we have now of seven or eight states she's hitting in the next couple of weeks will probably increase once they know where she'll be helpful in the final days once they look at final poll numbers. >> what about the president
himself. he's going west. you're going with him, what particular races? >> reporter: to oregon. interesting you have a republican chris dudley former nba player running for governor. there's a big governor's race for democrats. then to washington state. senator patti murray in a tough race. california barbara boxer another incumbent and harry reid in nevada. what's interesting about that is while there was this big crowd for the president in ohio last night, they're feeling like maybe they're getting some of the enthusiasm back. on the left if you look at his travel in the final days these are all states where democrats are defending their own turf. you'd like to use the president whose time is very valuable in places where you might expand your majorities and pick up republican seats. instead, the president's final days are really going to be spent defending democratic incumbents in tough shape. when you look at the map that tells you all you need to know about how much democrats are on defensive. that everywhere the president is
traveling is where you have democrat incumbents in trouble. they may win but he's trying to help bail them out. >> ed, turn around. that marine just came out and was -- he wasn't there before. he's standing there now. what does that mean? is something big happening? >> the president probably just came back to the west wing and the oval office. he probably was outside the west wing. the marine is only there behind me right outside the vip entrance to the west wing when the president is actually in the west wing and the oval office. also bob bauer, the white house counsel walking by. >> you ever peek in the window? >> reporter: no. you can't do that. >> all right. i was just checking. ed henry live at the white house. always appreciate the behind the scenes look too. i know you're a smart political guy but i like to go on a little tour when i got you. >> reporter: we'll get you next time. 15 days until the critical midterm elections. we want to get you updated on the latest developments from the campaign trail and senior political analyst gloria borger part of the best political team
on television. hello, gloria. >> reporter: how are you? i can tell you that real estate at the white house is really valuable. offices are probably smaller than yours at cnn. >> i'm not going to apply for that job then. got too much junk. what's crossing the ticker right now? >> reporter: well, you know, drew, you can tell a lot about the way a race is going by where the candidates show up and who they show up with. you'll recall that when sarah palin appeared at a republican national committee fund-raiser in california recently, senate candidate carl fiorina and gubernatorial candidate meg whitman, both republicans, decided not to show because they're really interested in getting those independent voters. they're a little nervous that might turn them off. but in florida, republican candidate marco rubio will be standing next to sarah palin next saturday and rnc chair michael steele. rubio as you probably know is ahead by double digits in a three-way race. so he's very interested in rallying that republican base.
one more thing. john mccain, senator mccain, former presidential candidate out there again on the campaign trail. and he is getting testy. he was campaigning with fiorina in san diego. and remember carl fiorina really helped his presidential campaign. and mccain directed some very harsh criticism towards her democratic opponent barbara boxer. he called her -- and i'm quoting -- the most bitterly partisan, most anti-defense senator in the united states senate today. and he also said he had the unpleasant experience of serving with her. ouch! she wasn't too happy about that. that's pretty bad. >> that seems a little uncharacteristic of him, i guess. >> you know what, john mccain has always said of himself i'm not going to win miss congeniality. there are a lot of folks in the senate who have seen that side of john mccain privately and i think you just saw it publicly.
and remember john kerry's gaffe, i voted for it before i voted against if during his presidential campaign? he was talking about war funding. and he was at a rally in boston saturday before president obama spoke. and he was criticizing mitt romney from massachusetts. and he criticized him for turning against his own health care plan. of course when romney was governor, they passed health insurance in the state of massachusetts. and guess what he said, drew. he said, talk about being for it before you were against it. so he finally found a way to use that phrase to his own benefit, huh? >> very interesting. gloria borger, thanks for that update. you can read all of this stuff of course 24/7 on the cnn ticker at cnn.com. your next cnn political update by the way just an hour away. a hard-stopping edition of "wordplay" coming up.
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how i personally feel ripped off to learn that this killer osama bin laden apparently hasn't been living in a dark cave after all. at least that is the latest intelligence we're getting on the al qaeda leader from a senior nato official. i was okay with not being able to find him for all these years under the belief he was eking out a miserable existence in a cold, damp cave nibbling perhaps on the remains of a barbecued goat. but if it turns out bin laden has been comfortably living in a home in pakistan somewhere with flushing toilets, a kitchen and sofa, that he not good enough and also begs the question of how intelligent our intelligence agencies really are. bin laden has a $25 million bounty on his head. we've supposedly got spies and strike teams all over looking for him. even our partner countries say they too are trying to find him. really? he may have been living in a house in a neighborhood all along, not a cave? i don't know about you but that